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Every time I start up my (other) XP, It will let me get far enough to log in but then the system wil crash and reboot. When I tried Safe mode, it wouldn't even load. This problem began about 1 day ago. I think that I got a startup program that crashes my computer, but I have no clue as to how to get around it. Please Help.

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Hello and Welcome to TSF

The issue you are facing may be the result of 1 in a million possibilities, or a combination of a few.
Some plausible reasons why your -- or anyone else's computer system, for that matter -- isn't working properly may be related (but not limited to) any one or more of the following:
* a corrupt file on the hard drive
* a corrupt Windows system file
* a corrupt or incompatible hardware driver
* a newly installed program
* a Spyware or virus infection
* a hardware error [bad ram, video card, etc]

I would first try Safe Mode or use the Last Known Good Configuration feature. Obviously you have tried Safe Mode with poor results.
I would next try a repair installation.

Set the computer to boot from cd first in the BIOS
Place the xp cd in cdrom and reboot
Boot from the xp cd and choose install
Ignore the first repair option and continue with install
When windows finds the previous installation and offers to repair
then do the repair
If you have xp sp2 installed it needs to be incorporated into your xp disk or it will not offer the repair option only the clean install

How to perform a Repair Installation of Windows XP

When you get your system up and running I would first change the option to Windows XP automatically reboot during a System Failure. Changing this setting will allow you to view an error message.
To change the setting:
Click Start>right click My Computer> click Properties>Advanced tab, and then click Settings under Startup and Recovery.
2.Under System Failure, view the Automatically restart check box. If the Automatically restart check box is selected, Windows automatically restarts if the computer stops unexpectedly. Uncheck that box.

Second I would scan the system for malware/spyware.
Scan your pc with 2 of these free online scanners:
Panda ActiveScan
RAV AntiVirus
Housecall Be sure to put a check the box beside AutoClean

Download / Install / Update / and Run:
Adaware SE check for any updates before running it.
Get the plug-in for fixing VX2 variants. You can download it at this SITE
To run this tool, install to the hard drive, then open Ad-aware->Add-ons and select VX2 Cleaner. Then click Run Tool and OK to start it. If it's clean, it will say Status System Clean. Otherwise, you will have to click on the Clean button to remove the VX2 infection.

Download and install Spybot S&D . Run Spybot and click on the 'Search for Updates' button. Install any updates that are available. Next click on the 'Check for Problems' button. Let it run the scan. If it finds something, check all those in RED and hit the Fix Selected Problems button. Exit Spybot. If you keep getting the DSO Exploit entries, even after you updated Windows and fixed them, then download the Spybot DSO Exploit Fix and install it over the current Spybot installation.
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